September 2021 Newsletter | Stephen Burchard Real Estate

Taking the (K)nots Out of Real Estate

Top 10 things to do when selling your home

1. Contact Stephen Burchard, The Desert Bowtie Realtor
 2. Make your curb appeal pop!
 3. Declutter and depersonalize your home
 4. Repaint walls to neutral tones
 5. Simplify your furniture arrangement to aid flow
 6. Make your entryway welcoming
 7. Decorate with plants
 8. Let more light in with open curtains and brighter light bulbs
 9. Make your house smell great with candles and deodorizers
 10. Clean everything and then clean everything again

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Desert Housing Report | August 2021

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Check out the latest real estate activity: 
Two properties listed and two sold! We've had a great month at Stephen Burchard Real Estate.

Just Listed

0 Palm Drive
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
Just Listed!
2306 E Finley Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Just Listed!

Recently Sold

153 Desert West Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Just Sold!
2375 E Joyce Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Just Sold!

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Stephen's Garden | September 2021

It’s September. Time to start planting again. So rake out what needs to be raked and prune back what needs to be pruned to clean out and clear away the old dried-out dead stuff that’s accumulated over the long, hot summer. Cooler temperatures are on their way! There’s a shift that comes with the autumn equinox on September 21st - the days start to get shorter and the cool nights get longer - so prepare your soil and start planting. If you want a good crop in the coming weeks and months, it’s really all about planning and preparation. Towards the end of the month, look for the little green sprouts to start popping up. In our remarkable desert anything and everything can grow this time of year. 

Sharing Your Abundance

Our desert gives us so much to enjoy. Outdoor recreation, shopping galore, fabulous restaurants, and an equal measure of parties and peace to choose from, depending on your preference. With so much at our doorsteps, it’s time to remember the words so many of us learned in preschool: It’s nice to share.

Sharing can take place in so many ways. If like me, you have a garden, you can share seeds, cuttings, and seedlings with other garden plotters. If you have time and talent, you can share your skills by teaching others - and if you have time, but aren’t so sure about the talent, we have many wonderful organizations that need volunteers willing to share their time to help others. Sharing our fruitfulness can mean monetary donations or donations of your gently-used items ot thrift stores. You can also share the abundance of the desert with friends and family with an invitation to use your guestroom. And when they fall in love with our area and want to stay forever, I can help them find a home of their own. I’m Stephen Burchard, The Desert Bowtie Realtor, taking the (k)nots out of real estate.

And if an abundance of rooms and people who clamoring to visit is a problem for you Empty Nesters, I’m here to help you downsize.

Modern Woodmen Financial Planning

Since 1883, Modern Woodmen of America, a life insurance and financial planning company, has brought people together, supported families, and strengthened communities to build abundance. Their name was inspired by the pioneer woodmen who cleared forests to build homes and communities and provide security for their families. With an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, Modern Woodmen of America is the nation’s third-largest fraternal benefit society in terms of assets. A fraternal organization, Modern Woodmen is a unique combination of business and giving back to those they serve in a continuous cycle of positive impact. Their representatives provide financial products to help members protect their families and their futures. These sales help fund member benefits and social, educational, and volunteer programs that identify and meet local needs. In turn, these activities build relationships, allowing for membership growth and greater community impact.

 Throughout Modern Woodmen's history, their members have touched lives and secured futures nationwide. Today members remain connected by common values, including:
  • Financial security for families, through life insurance, retirement planning, and financial services. 
  • Quality family life, through member benefits and local fraternal activities. 
  • Community impact, through local volunteer projects that make a difference where members live, work and play.

Go to or contact Austin Beneteau at 760-350-6585

Sunnylands - The Annenberg Estate

Sunnylands, the Walter and Lenore Annenberg Estate, is a unique jewel in the desert. It’s a mid-century masterpiece with an impressive collection of art, sumptuous gardens, and the site of numerous discussions between high-ranking diplomats and world leaders. While house tours have been postponed due to the pandemic, Sunnylands reopens its Center & Gardens for the new season on Wednesday, September 15.

Acres of gardens inspired by the Annenbergs’ collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings are ready to greet you and offer a quiet retreat for picnics and contemplation. (Please note that large coolers, ice chests, grills, and alcohol are not permitted and picnics are limited to a maximum of 10 people.) Downloadable audio walks are available for self-guided tours of the gardens, their unique design, and their diverse collection of over 70 native and arid-adapted plants.

Giving Back: Angel View

Sometimes life throws so much abundance at us, we have to clear some of it out to make room for more. By donating your gently used items to Angel View Resale Stores, you’re not just sharing the items you no longer need with others, you’re helping children and adults with disabilities reach their maximum potential.  Each year, Angel View helps hundreds of people make significant gains toward independence through their three primary programs: Residential Care, Day Program, and Angel View Outreach.

Founded in 1954, Angel View brought polio patients to the therapeutic waters of Desert Hot Springs. Over time Angel View expanded its treatment program to care for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, most of whom also have physical disabilities. Many of their clients have some form of paralysis, with approximately 70 percent requiring the use of wheelchairs. Since those early days, Angel View has built and currently operates 19 six-bed group homes where clients receive loving care in family-like environments.

There are many ways to donate to Angel View that go beyond gifting items for resale - you can donate a vehicle, join the Legacy Circle, be and part of the Annual Giving Club, make a one-time cash donation, use Amazon Smile or Ralph’s Rewards. However you choose to give, you’ll be a hero helping people with autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, epilepsy, intellectual disabilities, musculoskeletal diseases, neuromuscular diseases, orthopedic disorders, seizure disorders, spastic quadriplegia, and spina bifida to live their best lives.

Next month we are featuring "Halloween Haunts"

Are you dying of curiosity to know what our newsletter will reveal in October? Of course, you are! In October we’ll focus on all things delightfully creepy with spine-tingling local attractions and, of course, a ghoulish “I Scream” treat. And for those of you who are haunted by the memories in your current home, I’m ready to help you move to new digs and start fresh.